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AICN COMICS: So you missed Comic Con? Part IV: Mark Waid’s Super Secrets: Lifting the Curtain on the Man of Steel! Spotlight on Larry Hama! & the 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards!!!

Hey folks, Ambush Bug here. While I continue to recover and transcribe all of the stuff I did and said at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, I am fully aware of the fact that some of the world didn’t go to this year’s entertainment mecca. For those who thought that all San Diego consisted of was Hall H and cosplay, this little series of reports are here to prove you wrong. All week, we’ve been posting digital recordings of roving reporter James Coville, who attended a ton of comic book related panels and was nice enough to pass them on to me so I could share with all of you. So even though you missed out on the con this year (or just wasted your time in line for Hall H), but here are a few panels that reminded folks why the world Comic still exists in the title Comic Con.

So sit back and listen to the extremely interesting and informative recordings from the con. And maybe if you stew a concoction of ass and turnips to sniff while watching, if you close your eyes, it’ll be just like you were there at the panel itself!




Super Secrets: Lifting the Curtain on the Man of Steel

Larry Tye, author of Superman (a new book about the history of the character) and Mark Waid talk about Jerry Siegel in particular, his father, the origins of the Superman. Waid talks about finding the K-Metal story that Jerry wrote that introduces an early version of Kryptonite and has Superman revealing his secret identity to Lois Lane. Tye talks about George Reeves suicide and the conspiracy theory around it. Waid also talks about the 100 page memoir that Jerry wrote and the lawsuit between the Siegel heirs and Warner Brothers. Tye and Waid gave their opinions on what they think needs to happen for resolution to the case.


Spotlight on Larry Hama

Larry Hama got an inkpot award to start off the panel. He then began taking questions from the audience. He talked about how his service in Vietnam influenced GI Joe. How old Japanese influenced the ninja aspect of GI Joe. How much long term planning he puts into his stories. Larry spoke about The Baroness and how she was a breakthrough for girl action figures as Hasbro thought boys wouldn't buy those characters at first. He talked about the animated ads for the GI Joe comic books, said they were really a way around using the animation limit to advertise the toys. Larry also talked a bit about his Wolverine run. editing the Nam (a very realistic Marvel book about the war) and how it won an award.


2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

The 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards was held in the Indigo Room at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Friday, July 13th. The welcome was done by Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator. Among the presenters are Kayre and Bill Morrison, Tricia Helfer and Michael Trucco, Lynn Johnston and Alison Bechdel, Michael and Laura Allred, George R.R. Martin, Jonathan Ross, RC Harvey, Erin Gray and Michael Uslan, Debbi Derriberri and Phil LaMarr. The Bill Finger Award was presented by Mark Evanier. The Spirit of Comics Retailer Award was presented by Joe Ferrara. The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award was presented by Ruth Clampett. Maggie Thompson did the Memoriam. The Winners can be found at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards page.

Check out over 100 photos of the event here!

Direct downloads:

Spotlight on Geof Darrow
ComicsPro: Retail Optimism
A Tribute to Richard Alf
Digital Comics Price Fight
Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel
Focus on Steve Englehart
Comic Book Entrepreneurs
comiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital

The Fight To Defend Manga
Spotlight on Gilbert Shelton
Ted Naifeh and the 10th Anniversary of Courtney Crumrin
The Fine Line of Inking

Super Secrets: Lifting the Curtain on the Man of Steel
Spotlight on Larry Hama
2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
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  • July 26, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    New Superman book?

    by Kevin

  • July 26, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Too bad those aren't in written format.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I'd love to read them.

  • July 26, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Too bad those aren't in written format.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I'd love to read them.

  • July 26, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Sorry for the double post.

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • July 26, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Auto playing audio

    by Kevin Taylor

    Three different audio files that all start playing at the same time as soon as the page loads. That was well thought out!

  • July 26, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Just finished reading Larry Tye's book

    by sundancekeed

    this morning. Lots of good insider information on Siegel/Shuster and their families ongoing legal battles with Warner Brothers as well as a pretty decent biography of Big Blue himself.

  • July 27, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Larry-fucking-Hama, dammit.

    by Stalkeye

    Was a HUGE Joe fan back in the day and despite my few critiques during his final stories on the Comic, overall he was mostly responsible for Joe's success. It was thsoe very same animated comic ads that got me hooked into the toys and the books. This method was NEVER done prior to GIjoe and not to mentiona brilliant marketing strategy, to advertise both comic and toy with snippets of the same animated spot. Hama should be proud of his legacy, but too bad he couldnt write the Joe Movies otherwise Rise of Cobra wouldnt have been such a clusterfuckup.